Best work brings joy

| January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eubank

Eubank

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Donald Eubank
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

Have you ever heard a great song, poem or speech, and thought, “Boy, I wish I’d thought of that!”

It’s a familiar feeling we all have when we hear great lyrics or music that make an impact on us.

One of my favorite songwriters is Irving Berlin. In addition to such familiar favorites as “God Bless America” and “Easter Parade,” Irving Berlin wrote, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” which still ranks as one of the all-time most popular of best musical scores. You probably heard Bing Crosby’s version of that holiday favorite several times during the recent holiday season.

In an interview just before his death, Berlin was asked, “Is there any question you’ve never been asked that you would like someone to ask you?”

“Well, yes, there is one,” Berlin replied. “I’d like to be asked what I think of the many songs that I wrote that didn’t become hits … and my reply would be that I still think they are wonderful songs.”

To Berlin, it didn’t matter that some of his songs didn’t become popular. His songs and their inspiring lyrics came from his heart.

Even though most of Berlin’s songs never became famous, he found satisfaction in knowing that when he wrote, he gave his best efforts.

When we do our best, we can have peace and confidence about our work, whether others like it or not. However, when we believe success is determined by applause, recognition or fame, rather than commitment and integrity, we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment.

Whether or not anyone else does, God knows when we give our best efforts. Just think about a clock hanging on the wall. The parts of the clock that do most of the work— the gears, springs, plates and wheels — are hidden behind the clock face! The same is often true for you and I. Many times we work behind the scenes, and our efforts escape notice; we continue to give our best efforts because we know the importance of character and integrity.

What are you working for today? If it’s for the praises and admiration of your co-workers, you may find yourself slighted. But if you’re doing your best because you believe that’s what God wants you to do, and you’re finding joy from your commitment to him, you’re going to find real satisfaction in whatever you do.

God, too, has an unshakable delight in what — and whom — he has made. He thinks each of his children are wonderful, whether or not they’re a “hit” in the eyes of others.

The prophet Jeremiah once wrote that God loves us with an “everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3), so do your best and don’t worry about what others think.

When all is said and done, God has the only vote that really counts.

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